To Whom It May Concern,
It is my pleasure to be writing in support of Sunny Cheng, piano teacher from Wellington Music Lessons. Sunny is a brilliantly talented musician, and she is one of the most serious and dedicated piano students I’ve ever taught at the New Zealand School of Music.
I taught Sunny for two years, and it’s really a pleasure for me to have had her in my class. She is an extremely musical person, full of creative ideas and wonderful expressions. Sunny is also a very sweet and gentle person, but at the same time, she’s disciplined and organized. Every week, she put in a great amount of effort into her practice; points I mentioned in the previous lesson were always thoughtfully addressed and improved. It’s really rare to see this amount of focus and determination in a student. I believe that this dedication and love to music will transfer to her teaching as well.
Upon completing the Bachelor of Music at NZSM, Sunny had performed in numerous concerts around the Wellington region, including Palmerston North and NZSM piano showcase concert at the Expressions in Upper Hut. She has also performed at the Emerging Artist Series in Auckland, and performed at various master-classes taught by many world-renowned pianists.
Overall, Sunny is a wonderful musician and a dedicated student. Her enthusiasm and love for music is so strong and evident that it even inspired me as a teacher. I truly believe that all her wonderful traits and characters will transfer into her teaching, and she will set a wonderful example for any young piano students to aspire and follow.
Jian Liu, D.M.A.
Head of Piano Studies, Lecturer in Piano
New Zealand School of Music
Lessons with Sunny have been absolutely enjoyable. She is the best teacher I’ve had, with over 12 years of learning the piano. I have learnt a lot from Sunny’s lessons, and every lesson I learn something new. Sunny is a great teacher because she uses the simplest way to teach me how to improve my playing and increase my musical knowledge. She always explains every detail to ensure that I understand the concepts behind the music I’m playing.
Joely – 18
Chloe at the ABRSM Wellington High Scorers’ Concert in December 2018, in the Adam Concert Room at the New Zealand School of Music.
Sunny is a great teacher for learning piano. She is kind and has a soft voice. I have been learning piano for 2 years now and I am 7 years old. When it comes to a new piece Sunny always correct my mistakes so I can learn it quickly. Sunny is also a beautiful teacher. The important thing is she helps you learn new pieces in a easy way. Sunny is a special teacher because every time I go to piano class I get more knowledge of piano, and I am really thankful to Sunny. I really like Sunny.
Chloe – 7
Learning piano with Sunny has been an amazing experience. One of my favourite things about her is that she is always really patient with me, and that really helps me learn harder pieces. I’ve been learning piano with Sunny for 5 years now, and I just love how she makes super hard pieces seem really easy and fun. I really enjoy learning piano with Sunny.
Serena – 11
Both of my children (aged 9 and 7) take piano lessons with Sunny. She is a responsible teacher; she helps my kids to take notes during each lesson. Sunny is a great teacher who is able to make each lesson interesting and enjoyable. She is also very patient and friendly with kids. Both of my kids have achieved so much while learning from her. My daughter got distinction in her Grade 2 ABRSM exam, and she was invited to perform at the ABRSM high scorer’s concert. I just want to say thanks so much Sunny. Your encouragement and guidance to my kids are enormous, and you have given them a great start in their music journey.
Claire & Edward’s Mother
Sunny is a very thoughtful piano teacher. She always helps me through the pieces I am learning, and when ever I don’t understand what something is, Sunny would type it up on her computer e.g. ball room dancing, jazz music. She teaches in a way that makes you look forward to the next lesson.
Caitlin – 10
Selina at the ABRSM Wellington High Scorers’ Concert in December 2018, in the Adam Concert Room at the New Zealand School of Music.
I have always wanted to learn piano before. My mum found me Sunny to teach me piano. Sunny is very nice. I have been learning piano for 3 years. I passed with distinction on both grade 1 and 2. She always corrects me when I make mistakes, and she also gives me homework so I can do better on my pieces. I like Sunny.
Selina – 8
Max performing in the end of year student concert in 2018, in the Khandallah Town Hall.
It’s been 2 years since I learnt piano with Sunny. I Like Sunny, she is very nice. I also like the way she teaches me, and it really helps me out. Thanks so much for everything!
Max – 7
I have been learning piano with Sunny for 5 years.
She teaches me scales and arpeggios, songs, exam pieces, aural and music theory. She helps me when I’m stuck and gives feedback to help me improve. Sometimes I get very nervous before the exam, but Sunny is so kind that she always finds a way to calm me down and cheer me up. Now I have passed grade 3 successfully.
When I learn a new piece, Sunny always play the piece for me first to give me some idea of what the rhythm is like.
With new theory, she always explains what they are and what they do. If I’m still confused, Sunny puts them into easier words and explains over again or draws out a diagram.
Sunny never makes lessons boring. For example, she tells me to imagine the puppy and father dog to make me understand where to play soft and where to play strong.
She is the best teacher ever.
Emily – 10
When I moved to Wellington, my mum looked for a piano teacher. Few days later she found a teacher, and she was Sunny. I went to Sunny for my piano lessons and she was a great teacher. Her teaching style was easy to understand, and she gave me lots of feedback if I didn’t get it right. Sunny helped me with grade 1 and grade 2 piano exams, and I passed both with distinction. 2 years later when I had to move back to Auckland, I missed Sunny so much. Sunny never forgot about me, and when I got back she was still giving me tips by text messages. Sunny never forgets about me and was always there when I needed help.
Olivia – 10
I have enjoyed playing and learning piano with Sunny for the last 3 terms. She is a kind, patient and calm teacher. She always explains things very well. She helps me pass hard piece and help corrects notes for me. She is a gentle and soft person. I have enjoyed the time with her.
Jolyn – 9
Sunny is a nice teacher to have. She is kind and loving. I like how she makes hard pieces feel simple. Her lessons are very enjoyable with her taking the time to explain things very carefully.
Maile – 11
My (nearly) 6-year-old boy Tommy has been learning piano with Sunny from Wellington Music Lessons since March this year. His older brother and dad have a guitar lesson with Michael (also from WML) at the same time in the other room, and after Tommy’s lesson, his other older brother also has a piano lesson.
I prefer having the lessons in our home as we also have a 3 year old; it is very difficult to get all 3 kids to different lessons at other locations. I appreciate having better access to the teachers and being able to discuss the kid’s progress on a weekly basis.
Sunny makes the lessons fun, with colourful drawings and stickers on the music sheets. She is very creative and does a great job maintaining Tommy’s attention. He looks forward to his lessons and takes time to practice most days with a view to pleasing Sunny. Tommy’s favourite things about his piano lessons are learning new songs, having Sunny sing new songs with him, and learning the “letters” (the notes!). Most weeks he gets a new song and he can play them all already.
Lizzie – Tommy’s Mother
My 10-year-old daughter Emily has been studying piano with Sunny since February 2013 and has made huge progress since that time. What Emily likes about Sunny is that she is talented, cheerful, very patient, and corrects her playing in a kind way. As a parent I find that Sunny provides constant feedback about Emily’s playing and communication as a whole is great.
Penny – Emily’s Mother
Dylan (6 years old) started his piano lessons with Sunny about 6 months ago (he was doing group piano lessons in Auckland a year prior). The one on one classes have proved beneficial to his learning. In a short period of time he could read music and play simple tunes. Sunny’s dedication and talent in piano complements his stubborn nature. Her patience and adaptability helps Dylan to stay focused as well as have fun. I would recommend Sunny as a piano teacher for children.
Anita – Dylan’s Mother
The lessons with Sunny are very fun and enjoyable, and I learn new things every lesson – building up new knowledge about music as a whole e.g. its history, techniques and the emotions it gives others. I have learnt how to prepare goals for each practice session, and I write what I need to do at home during my Friday lessons. Sunny gives me an idea of how to play different parts of the piece by showing me different techniques that need to be used for a particular part in the piece. For example, the introduction of the Beethoven piece needs to be played brightly by slightly building up a crescendo. Thank you!!
I would like to also thank you for the tea every Friday…
Casey – 17
The lessons with Sunny are very fun but also at the same time teach me a lot. She gives me new bits of knowledge everyday; for example in terms of colours in the piece, but also theory. She’s a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to have her as my piano teacher.
Janel – 13
Feel free to call or text Sunny for further information – 0211 033 066
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